Keya Paha County, Nebraska

Keya Paha County (/ˈkɪpəhɔː/ KIP-ə-haw)[1] is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 769.[2] Its county seat is Springview.[3]

Keya Paha County
Keya Paha County Courthouse in Springview
Keya Paha County Courthouse in Springview
Map of Nebraska highlighting Keya Paha County
Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska
Map of the United States highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°53′N 99°43′W / 42.88°N 99.72°W / 42.88; -99.72
Country United States
State Nebraska
FoundedNovember 4, 1884
Named forDakota for “Turtle Hill River”
SeatSpringview
Largest villageSpringview
Area
 • Total774 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Land773 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2 km2)  0.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total769
 • Density0.99/sq mi (0.38/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.keya-paha.ne.us

In the Nebraska license plate system, Keya Paha County is represented by the prefix 82 (it had the 82nd-largest number of vehicles registered by county in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).

History

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The name "Keya Paha" is taken from the Dakota language; literally translated, it means "turtle hill". The Dakota name for a set of small hills was given to the county and to the Keya Paha River, which runs through it.[4]

All land north of the Keya Paha River (which includes a small portion of Keya Paha County and most of neighboring Boyd County) was not originally part of Nebraska at the time of statehood, but was transferred from Dakota Territory in 1882.

Keya Paha County was organized in 1884 of land partitioned from Brown County.[5]

Geography

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Keya Paha County lies on the northern boundary of Nebraska, abutting the state of South Dakota. The county's terrain consists of low rolling hills, whose level areas are used for agriculture, including center pivot irrigation. The Keya Paha River flows east-southeastward through the northeastern part of the county, while the Niobrara River flows eastward along the south county line. The county has a total area of 774 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 773 square miles (2,000 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.1%) is water.[6]

Keya Paha County is located in Nebraska's Outback region.[7]

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Demographics

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Historical population
CensusPop.Note
18903,920
19003,076−21.5%
19103,45212.2%
19203,5944.1%
19303,203−10.9%
19403,2351.0%
19502,160−33.2%
19601,672−22.6%
19701,340−19.9%
19801,301−2.9%
19901,029−20.9%
2000983−4.5%
2010824−16.2%
2020769−6.7%
2022 (est.)7872.3%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010[12] 2020 2022[13]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[14] there were 983 people, 409 households, and 292 families in the county. The population density was 1.3 people per square mile (0.50 people/km2); there were 548 housing units at an average density of 0.7 units per square mile (0.27/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.39% White, 0.20% Native American, and 0.41% from two or more races; 3.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race; 46.7% were of German, 10.6% English, 9.8% American, 7.0% Irish and 6.0% Swedish ancestry.

There were 409 households, out of which 24.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.30% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.91.

The county population contained 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.40% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 20.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,911, and the median income for a family was $28,287. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $19,107 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,860. About 22.40% of families and 26.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.30% of those under age 18 and 18.80% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

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As of 2008, Keya Paha County was the most Republican of all the counties in Nebraska, with 82.7% of its 707 registered voters registered as Republicans.[15] The last Democratic presidential candidate to win the county was Woodrow Wilson in 1916.[16] In 1994, Ben Nelson was the last Democratic gubernatorial candidate to carry the county.[17]

United States presidential election results for Keya Paha County, Nebraska[18][19]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 476 89.81% 49 9.25% 5 0.94%
2016 460 88.63% 40 7.71% 19 3.66%
2012 393 81.20% 80 16.53% 11 2.27%
2008 409 76.74% 115 21.58% 9 1.69%
2004 442 80.51% 98 17.85% 9 1.64%
2000 422 82.26% 78 15.20% 13 2.53%
1996 385 72.10% 94 17.60% 55 10.30%
1992 368 58.32% 105 16.64% 158 25.04%
1988 446 74.96% 145 24.37% 4 0.67%
1984 507 79.84% 128 20.16% 0 0.00%
1980 526 76.45% 130 18.90% 32 4.65%
1976 405 60.72% 245 36.73% 17 2.55%
1972 563 79.41% 146 20.59% 0 0.00%
1968 531 76.96% 109 15.80% 50 7.25%
1964 506 61.26% 320 38.74% 0 0.00%
1960 646 72.83% 241 27.17% 0 0.00%
1956 635 70.71% 263 29.29% 0 0.00%
1952 785 79.05% 208 20.95% 0 0.00%
1948 538 57.54% 397 42.46% 0 0.00%
1944 781 70.04% 334 29.96% 0 0.00%
1940 1,004 66.67% 502 33.33% 0 0.00%
1936 830 59.58% 556 39.91% 7 0.50%
1932 675 50.52% 645 48.28% 16 1.20%
1928 989 79.76% 232 18.71% 19 1.53%
1924 504 41.48% 251 20.66% 460 37.86%
1920 479 64.73% 218 29.46% 43 5.81%
1916 316 39.75% 401 50.44% 78 9.81%
1912 259 32.09% 221 27.39% 327 40.52%
1908 422 50.06% 354 41.99% 67 7.95%
1904 448 62.14% 97 13.45% 176 24.41%
1900 380 49.74% 353 46.20% 31 4.06%

Communities

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Villages

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Unincorporated communities

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Former communities

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See also

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References

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  1. ^ McNally, Hannah, and Diana Lambdin Meyer (1997). Nebraska: Off the Beaten Path. Morris Book Publishing LLC. p. 81.
  2. ^ "Keya Paha County, Nebraska". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder (1925). "Nebraska Place-Names". Archived February 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine University of Nebraska Department of English.
  5. ^ Burr, George L.; Buck, O. O. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. p. 123.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "About" Archived October 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, North Central RC&D.
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Archived from the original on August 11, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 27, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Keya Paha County, Nebraska". Retrieved April 26, 2024.
  13. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ "Final VR Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 26, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  16. ^ Geographie Electorale
  17. ^ David Leip Electoral Atlas (Maps for Nebraska gubernatorial races)
  18. ^ Election Results
  19. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 246 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 70 votes and Prohibition Eugene Chafin received 11 votes.

42°53′N 99°43′W / 42.88°N 99.72°W / 42.88; -99.72